CIO Straight Talk - Issue 3 - 15
Think Like the Business”
ging businesses provides a first-time CIO with a fresh view of IT challenges.
Jean-Marc Chicco, CIO, Lafarge
When I was asked to take over the CIO job at Lafarge, I said,
“Guys, I’m not your man. I have spent my career managing
companies, business functions, geographic regions. What do I
know about managing IT?”
(I didn’t say that I also had some apprehension about seeking
support for IT initiatives from former colleagues on the
business side. Would they tune me out just as I had tuned out
IT people when I was heading up a business division?)
The company had an answer to my misgivings: “You know
Lafarge and the business, and that will make a big
So I decided to test the water what seemed likely to be very
cold water. Today, I’m having lots of fun. The IT function is
little by little changing the operations at Lafarge. I believe it’s
mostly because IT now thinks like the business does.
The Seonyu “Footbridge of Peace,” Seoul, constructed using a lighter and stronger Lafarge building material called Ductal.